Irises forum: 2014 AIS Awards

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Oct 6, 2014 12:22 PM CST
The list is published on their Twiki. Here are links to a printable version of the full Awards List, and the list on the AIS website list that has some photographs included. Too many on the list to copy all here, but I copied the first page below. Thought it might be fun to see which of the winners you have, and if you agree/disagree with the results. Smiling

http://www.irises.org/pdf/2014%20AIS%20Awards%20%282%20col%2...
http://wiki.irises.org/bin/view/Main/InfoAwards2014

THE DYKES MEDAL
All iris classes, originated in US or Canada (Total votes cast = 452)
79 DIVIDING LINE (Charles Bunnell) MTB

Runners Up:
64 GYPSY LORD (Keith Keppel) TB
31 CHIEF JOHN JOLLY (Tom Parkhill) TB
27 BLUEBEARD'S GHOST (Paul Black) SDB
25 KATHY CHILTON (Frederick Kerr) TB
22 ABSOLUTE TREASURE (Richard Tasco) TB
22 ELIZABETHAN AGE (Lowell Baumunk) TB

THE JOHN C. WISTER MEDAL
Tall Bearded irises (Total votes cast = 1092)
63 MONTMARTRE (Keith Keppel)
34 MAGICAL (Joseph Ghio)
32 BLACK MAGIC WOMAN (Richard Tasco)

Runners Up:
31 TEMPORAL ANOMALY (Richard Tasco)
27 MONEY IN YOUR POCKET (Paul Black)
25 PARISIAN DAWN (Keith Keppel)
23 JAZZ BAND (Keith Keppel)
23 PEGGY SUE (Larry Lauer)
23 WILD ANGEL (Thomas Johnson)

THE KNOWLTON MEDAL
Border Bearded irises (Total votes cast = 245)
120 LADY OF THE NIGHT (Paul Black)

Runners Up:
56 NICHE (Joseph Ghio)
38 ZINGERADO (Lowell Baumunk)
31 MEERKAT MANOR (Brad Kasperek)

THE HANS AND JACOB SASS MEDAL
Intermediate Bearded Irises(Total votes cast = 300)
102 DAZZLING (Paul Black)

Runners Up:
74 MAN'S BEST FRIEND (Paul Black)
50 MANY MAHALOS (J. T. Aitken)
39 LIMONADA (Keith Keppel)
35 DRAGONMASTER (Marky Smith)
THE WILLIAMSON
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WHITE MEDAL
Miniature Tall Bearded irises (Total votes cast = 259)
68 RAYOS ADENTRO (Carol Morgan)

Runners Up:
61 REDROCK PRINCESS (Jean Witt)
52 PERSONA (Keith Keppel)
49 RAZZLEBERRY DRESSING (Stephanie Markham)
29 PETIT LOUVOIS (Clarence Mahan)

THE COOK DOUGLAS MEDAL
Standard Dwarf Bearded irises (Total votes cast = 291)
52 EYE OF THE TIGER (Paul Black)

Runners Up:
27 BIG BLUE EYES (Paul Black)
25 ABSOLUTE JOY (J. T. Aitken)
22 CANADIAN KISSES (Paul Black)
19 SPIDERMAN (Donald Spoon)
18 MAUI SUNRISE (J. T. Aitken)

THE CAPARNE WELCH MEDAL
Miniature Dwarf Bearded irises (Total votes cast = 145)
70 ICON (Keith Keppel)

Runners Up:
32 RUBY ELF (A. & D. Willott)
23 STRIPLING (Marky Smith)
20 APPLET (Marky Smith
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 6, 2014 1:10 PM CST

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Or, you can find the 2014 award winners right here in our own database. The full list was added in August when AIS released the names.

Here are the Award of Merit winners:

http://garden.org/plants/group/irises/search/?text%5B68%5D=&...

And her are the Honorable Mention winners:

http://garden.org/plants/group/irises/search/?text%5B68%5D=&...
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
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grannysgarden
Oct 6, 2014 2:45 PM CST
Debra, I need more irises!!! I have three of the winners and some of the runners up but not nearly enough! LOL
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Oct 6, 2014 2:48 PM CST
I have a friend that takes into consideration the winners when buying irises for her garden. I wonder if everyone does that. Any comments?
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Oct 6, 2014 2:53 PM CST
I don't... yet. Big Grin
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Oct 6, 2014 2:57 PM CST
I don't. Sometimes the judges have the same taste that I do -- sometimes not. That's OK -- they do the best they can!!! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. ([url=www.tut.com]www.tut.com[/url])
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
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grannysgarden
Oct 6, 2014 3:37 PM CST
Too funny, Mary Ann!!!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 6, 2014 3:37 PM CST
We have median winners, Rayos Adentro, plus Razzleberry Dressing, Limoda. & a few others. Have to have some of them as I am a judge. We don't grow many TBs, but see them in other gardens. Visit different gardens so I can vote.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 6, 2014 3:39 PM CST
Also grow : Bluebeard's ghost, Lady of the Night & applet.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Oct 6, 2014 3:41 PM CST
I grow 13 from the total list, but, I don't really "hunt out" the award winners. I am starting to add to my collection of Dykes Medal winners, and probably will eventually add some of the "newer" ones....but so far I'm still working on the "old "ones.............Arlyn
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 6, 2014 3:42 PM CST
How about a collection of Cook-Douglas winners ☺
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Oct 6, 2014 5:40 PM CST
I'm like Mary Ann, I get what I like, and sometimes they win awards, and sometimes they don't, but if I like them that's all that matters to me.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Oct 6, 2014 6:24 PM CST
I've got 7 of all those listed.

Like Arlyn, I'm adding DM winners mainly to my historics... but I wouldn't say I'm focused on only doing that.. Too many that I just like and have to have... I might put a little weight on it when deciding if I have a couple of similar ones on the list I'm considering...

Mary Ann... just saw the hailstorms in Kentucky on the news.. Hope they missed you.
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
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tveguy3
Oct 6, 2014 6:47 PM CST
I have 10 of the Award of Merit winners, and 18 of the Honorable Mention winners.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Oct 6, 2014 6:50 PM CST
I've got 14 off that list, Lucy ! Used to be 15, but Sapphire Jewel died !!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
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grannysgarden
Oct 6, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Oh no, not Sapphire Jewel! I have been looking for that little iris. WAAAAA
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moiris
Oct 6, 2014 7:27 PM CST
I am focusing on TB's, at least for now. I have 9 Award of Merit and 18 Honorable Mention...but they are all babies...still need to grow and multiply! Eventually I hope to add some of the other sizes/species...or whatever you call them, especially the SBD's and MBD's.

I buy what I like...but if I have not actually seen it in bloom then I have to rely on what others say about it, what the database says, whether it has fragrance, reblooms, or is a proven parent...etc. If it has awards I assume (perhaps incorrectly) that it is more apt to grow and bloom well. I also appreciate the notes some of the hybridizers include in the descriptions on the AIS wiki or in their catalogues.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 6, 2014 9:49 PM CST
Sapphire Jewel was difficult for us to grow. I don't know why it won the C-D. Sapphire Gem by a different hybridizer was better & we still have it. The smaller irises are more apt to get lost as since TBs are so popular many people have Dykes collections. A person in northern NH has almost all the MDB medal winners & has worked on the SDB ones.
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Oct 6, 2014 10:41 PM CST
I have started reading descriptions on how well stalks hold up and how many buds, and how late they bloom - then, if I like it, it goes on my want list. I dunno why I don't choose by awards, although I really like Dividing Line. Smiling
Don't make fear based decisions.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 7, 2014 6:35 AM CST
It is nice to see Redrock Princess got in as a runner up. I had high hopes for that beauty, but when I got home from vacation it's leaves were off the rhizome 2/3 gone. Sad
Plan to get again next year because she is a really nice median.

Have five from the awards list, but don't seek the winners out at all.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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